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 By Brian Hess    News    February 6, 2020

Airport Authority Gets Liquor License

The Altoona-Blair County Airport Authority has obtained a liquor license for use at the airport’s restaurant. La Fiesta Mexican Bar & Grille, located at the airport, is now permitted to serve alcohol to its customers, as the liquor license was...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    February 6, 2020

Early-Morning Blaze Destroys EF Home

Freedom Township Fire Department Chief Ron Henry said area volunteer firefighters were called to 111 Woody Lane, off Martz Road, in East Freedom, at approximately 5:30 a.m. Henry said when...

 

M-burg Laundromat To Re-Open 'Soon'

The Soap Box Laundromat in Martinsburg will soon be open for business once again, according to its owners. "The machines are in but need to be set. There are also some punch-list items to be...

 
 By Brian Hess    News    February 6, 2020

Martinsburg Elementary Awarded Food Service Equipment Grant

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced on Jan. 28 that more than $925,000 in competitive grants had been awarded to 72 elementary, middle and high schools across the state for the...

 

Northern Bedford Board Discusses Improvements to Middle/High School Bldg.

The Northern Bedford Country School Board held a special board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to discuss proposed improvements to the middle school/high school building. The meeting was called to order...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    February 6, 2020

More Than $200,000 Awarded to Cove-Area Fire and EMS

State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) has announced that fire and ambulance companies in the 80th District will collectively receive more than $200,000 in grants through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Service Grant Program. The grant funding can...

 
 By Karen Bassler    News    February 6, 2020

'The End of Our Farm as a Dairy Farm'

Heather Brumbaugh, a 13-year-old eighth-grade student at Spring Cove Middle School, was given an assignment in November of 2019. Mrs. Amanda Jones, the English and language arts teacher, gave the...

 

The Times They Are A-Changin'

My grandfather was a real stick-in-the-mud. To him, everything new was worthy of one of his classic frowns. He was always distrustful of anything that signified a veering away from his beloved status...

 

Creating Welcoming Communities

By GLADYS GODINEZ Community Organizer and JORDAN FEYERHERM Project Associate Center for Rural Affairs Across rural America, demographics are changing, and community leaders are redefining what makes their small towns successful and vibrant....

 

Work Stops on Railroad Line

Herald of Jan. 31, 1895 Eight miles of track were laid on the Pennsylvania Midland Railroad between Cessna and Brooks Mills before work was stopped on the project. One report said work would be resumed in the spring, while rumor persisted that the...

 

New Tariff Filed

Herald of Feb. 6, 1920 “There is no foundation, whatever, for the widely published reports that the International Harvester Company has employed a German poison gas inventor, named Robert Beyer,” was the flat-footed declaration made by J.N....

 

Bassler Receives Award

Herald of Feb. 8, 1945 The Combat Infantryman Badge for superior performance of duty in action against the enemy in France and Germany was awarded to Private John. H. Bassler, 22, husband of Mrs. June F. Bassler of Martinsburg. Private Bassler has...

 

New Wells to Cost $50,000

Herald of Feb. 5, 1970 The cost of hooking up Martinsburg’s two new wells has been estimated at roughly $50,000 by Gwin Engineers of Altoona. The wells were drilled just east of town two years ago, but they were never connected with the borough...

 

New Church Opens

Herald of Feb. 2, 1995 Heritage Baptist Church in Martinsburg RD 2 opened its new church building for the first time on Sunday, Jan. 29. One hundred and sixteen persons were present for the first service, according to the Rev. Mark Biter, pastor. The...

 

New Wells on Horizon

Herald of Feb. 4, 2010 The Martinsburg Water Authority has received good news concerning the possibility of drilling two replacement wells with state funding. In a Jan. 27 conference call with PennVEST and the Pennsylvania Department of...

 

Public Opinion

FREEDOM TOWNSHIP BLAIR COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAW PAW ROAD CROSS PIPE REPLACEMENT ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Sealed Bids for the cross-pipe replacement along Paw Paw Road in Freedom Township will be accepted until 10:00 AM prevailing time, Tuesday,... Full story

 

Books to Borrow – Williamsburg Public Library Recommends

BE KIND! By Pat Zietlow Miller The story "Be Kind!" is a good book for kids to read to improve on their behavior. It can also teach them to... well, be kind! The book is mainly about how one girl...

 

DEATH RECORD

MCCALL, Dorothy Louise, 85, Martinsburg RITCHEY, Florence Irene (Whetstone), 89, New Enterprise WIGGS, Amber Nicole (Port), 34, Williamsburg... Full story

 

DOROTHY LOUISE MCCALL

Dorothy Louise McCall of Martinsburg passed away at home in California on Thursday, Jan. 23. 2020, at the age of 85, after succumbing to cancer. A service will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at...

 

FLORENCE IRENE (WHETSTONE) RITCHEY

Florence Irene (Whetstone) Ritchey, 89, of New Enterprise, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Homewood at Martinsburg. A funeral was held Friday, Jan. 31, at the Koontz Church of the Brethren. Pastor Eric Poteat officiated. Interment was in...

 

AMBER NICOLE WIGGS (PORT)

Amber Nicole Wiggs (Port), 34, of Williamsburg, passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at UPMC Altoona, following a brief illness. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. today Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at the Todd T. Thompson Funeral...

 

Juniata's Mock Trial Team Successful at The Blue Jay Invitational Tournament

Juniata College's Mock Trial team recently wrapped up its second invitational season at the Blue Jay Invitational Tournament at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "This was the conclusion of a ver...

 

Online 'K' Registration Underway for SCSD

The Spring Cove School District has begun online registration for kindergarten classes for the 2020-21 school year. To be eligible to enter the kindergarten program, a child must be 5 or become 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2020. To complete...

 

Area Students Named to Dean's List at Slippery Rock

Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania has announced its dean's list for the fall 2019 semester. The dean’s list consists of Slippery Rock University undergraduate students who earned an adjusted semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher,...

 

Area Students Named to Dean's List At Kutztown

More than 1,770 students have been named to the fall 2019 dean’s list at Kutztown University. To be eligible for the Dean's List, an undergraduate student must be registered for at least 12 credits and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.60....

 

Ariel Reed on Dean's List at Wilkes University

Ariel Reed of Woodbury was named to the dean’s list at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, for the fall semester 2019. To be named to the dean’s list at Wilkes University, students must obtain a minimum 3.5 grade point average and carry at least 12...

 

CHS Girls Battling Tyrone for Title

The Central Lady Dragons won a pair of Mountain League games last week to raise their league record to 11-1. The Dragons trail Tyrone by a single game and will match up with them on Friday, Feb. 7....

 

Lady Panthers Fall to Southern, Everett

Northern Bedford battled in the first half but succumbed to homestanding Southern Fulton on Jan. 27, 51-20, in high school girls’ basketball action. The Lady Panthers battled the Lady Indians and were down just 21-15 at halftime. However, the Lady...

 

CKHS Girls Dominate on the Road, at Home

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School girls’ basketball team raced to a 28-5 lead after the first quarter against Mount Union on Jan. 27 and cruised to a 67-32 victory on the road. Leading 38-20, the Lady Bulldogs broke the game wide open with a 17-2...

 

Lady Pirates Struggle vs. Juniata Valley, Glendale

The Williamsburg High School girls’ basketball team was overwhelmed by visiting Juniata Valley on Jan. 27, 62-19. The Lady Pirates, held to single-digit scoring in each of the four quarters by the Juniata Valley defense, trailed 40-6 at halftime....

 

Pirates Winners of 13 of 17 Contests

The Williamsburg High School boys’ basketball team rolled to a 71-38 road victory against Moshannon Valley on Jan. 24. Trailing 11-5 after the first quarter, Williamsburg controlled the second quarter and grabbed a 25-21 lead at halftime. The Blue...

 

C-K Boys End Losing Skid with 2 Victories

The Claysburg-Kimmel High School boys’ basketball team earned a 65-49 victory over visiting Mount Union on Jan. 29. The Bulldogs had a 45-37 lead entering the final quarter, where they outscored the visitors 20-12. The win ended a five-game losing...

 

KEGLER'S KORNER

The Tuesday Afternoon Ladies’ League standings for the week of Oct. 29 are: W L Fillies 20 8 Teddy Bears 18 10 Groundhogs 18 10 Honey Badgers 17 11 Coyotes 11 17 High scores: Team series: Teddy Bear...

 

Local Champions

The Spring Cove third grade elementary boys' basketball team won the Indiana 3rd Grade Invitational Basketball Tournament held on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Indiana Area High School. Spring Cove defeated...

 

Dragons Split; Record at 14-6

The Central Dragons split a pair of Mountain League games last week, giving them a 14-6 overall record and a 9-3 mark in league play. Huntingdon 46, CHS 39 On Jan. 29, the Dragons welcomed league-leader Huntingdon and battled the Bearcats for four...

 

CHS Falls in First Round of Duals

The Central Dragon wrestlers dropped a pair of competitive non-league meets last week. Central fell to both Richland and Bellwood-Antis. Richland 48, CHS 30 On Jan. 29 at Richland, the Dragons won six of the 14 matches – four by fall, in the first...

 

C-K Earns Initial Win on Mats

The Claysburg-Kimmel wrestling team earned its first win in 11 dual meets on Jan. 30, knocking off visiting United 27-12. The match featured only five bouts that were wrestled. There were seven double forfeits and one forfeit won each by the...

 

NB Nets 90 Points vs. C-K

Northern Bedford’s offense was in high gear on Jan. 27 in a 90-71 thrashing of visiting Claysburg-Kimmel in high school boys’ basketball action. The Panthers put up 49 first-half points to lead by nine at the half. A 30-point third-quarter...

 

The Sportsman's Corner

Sportsmen have been telling me for several years that wild turkey numbers are decreasing locally. I, too, have noticed this in several places. One of the local "young lions" had 14 trail cameras place...

 

Old Order Mennonite Memoirs

"The Surprise" "When I see a snowdrop, I just have to stop and gaze. This miracle that happens In the worst of winter's days Always takes my breath away. I can't believe it's true. It looks so frail...

 

Claysburg Public Library Holds Successful Fundraiser

The Claysburg Area Public Library held its annual Gospel Sing/Soup Supper. on Saturday, Jan. 25. A large crowd gathered at the Christ Lutheran Church in Claysburg for warm soup and warm company. The local churches and Friends of the Library provided...

 

Firefighter of the Year

Assistant Fire Chief Tim James, (right) presents the Firefighter of the Year Award to Chief Ron Henry at the Freedom Township Volunteer Fire Company's awards banquet on Saturday, Jan. 25. Fire Capt....

 
 By Kelly Baker    Faith    February 6, 2020

Not Your Typical Church Lady

"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is...

 

Thought for the Week

Scriptures to REad: Acts 23:11 Acts 23:12-15 Acts 23:16-18 Acts 23:19-22 Acts 23:23-30 Acts 23:31-35 Isaiah 11:6-9 Paul had been warned, wept over, and pled with not to go to Jerusalem because it was...

 

Sheetz Charity Raises $704,658

Sheetz recently announced that Sheetz For the Kidz, an employee-driven charity supporting underprivileged children, raised a record-setting $704,658 during its annual month of in-store fundraising...

 

Pa. Depart. of Health: Threat from Coronavirus Remains Low

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine on Feb. 4 reminded Pennsylvanians that the threat from 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) remains low. While there have been 11 confirmed cases in the United States, there are no confirmed cases in Pennsylvania...

 

Conemaugh Nason Medical Center Lab Re-Accredited for 2 Years

Conemaugh Nason Medical Center’s laboratory recently completed a successful three-day on-site inspection by The Joint Commission. The lab has been granted full re-accreditation for a period of two years. During the review, a Joint Commission...

 

Pa. Senate Passes Pair Of Bills Designed To Aid Fire, EMS Services

Two bills designed to bolster fire and emergency services in Pennsylvania now head to the state House after senators passed them unanimously. Senate Bill 908, sponsored by state Sen. Mike Regan, R-Carroll Township, would call for a voter referendum t...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    February 6, 2020

Smith Transport Supports Guardians of the Children

Smith Transport Inc. of Roaring Spring met with Guardians of the Children Keystone Chapter on Friday, Jan. 31, and presented it with a check for $8,455. Each year Smith Transport selects an...

 
 By JUDITH OTT    News    February 6, 2020

Smith Forms Veteran Honor Guard Fleet

Smith Transport, headquartered in Roaring Spring, formed the Defenders of Freedom team in 2017 to recognize the more than 175 driving veterans in their fleet. Last week the company president and CEO,...

 

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